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Rappers Talk About Their Struggles with Depression

We spoke to a few hip-hop artists to get their perspectives on depression, suicide, and the music they've dedicated their lives to.<p>Author Rachel M. Harper once likened the relationship between pain and art to childbirth. "We don't want [our mothers] to suffer in order to bring us into the world," …

Rap & Hip-Hop

The Greatest Albums You’ve Never Heard

Click or tap to zoom into this image<p>This is image <i>1</i> of 9<p>For his choice of classic lost album, Dave Grohl selects Bad Brains’ self-titled debut, …

Dave Grohl

Get Possessed by Vodun's Super Heavy, West African-Inspired Psychedelic Rock

Stream the eclectic, feminist, and very spiritual London trio's new album, 'Possession' (out 3/25).<p><i>Screenshot via "Mawu" video</i><p>Vodun was born in West Africa, and was first practiced by Gbe-speaking groups from Ghana to Benin as they strove to understand the world around them. The spiritual religion …

Occult

Kanye is right about the Grammys: The music industry needs to fix its whiteness problem, too

Kendrick Lamar should win album of the year — but recent Grammys history shows why Taylor Swift is favored to win<p>If you’re a gambling person, don’t bet against Taylor Swift at this year’s Grammys. Although many critics favor Kendrick Lamar to win album of the year for his critically beloved “To …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Spark One Up and Stream Johnny Blaise's New Track "Innocent Youth"

After premiering the track on the Noisey Beats 1 radio show this past weekend, stream the FrancisGotHeat-produced song here.<p>This past weekend, we premiered Johnny Blaise's "Innocent Youth" on the Noisey Beats 1 radio show. And if you were too busy being covered in snow in New York (the whole world …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Trio Da Kali review – the Mandé griot tradition gets a modern edge

British Library, London The Malian supergroup led by singer Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté, with Mamadou Kouyaté on ngoni, matched delicacy with speed and fluidity<p>Trio Da Kali are a Malian griot supergroup with an impressive pedigree. Singer Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté is the daughter of the great Kassé Mady …

West Africa

Stream Bloc Party’s New Album ‘Hymns’ Here

Bloc Party return with new album ‘Hymns’ on January 29, and ahead of its release you can listen to it right here.<p>Bloc Party are one of the finest …

20 Bowie songs you don’t know – but should

Tucked away on compilations, hidden on B-sides or released decades after they were written, there are plenty of Bowie gems to seek out: here are 20 of the best<p>1. Buddha of Suburbia (from Buddha of Suburbia, 1993)<p>From the soundtrack to the Hanif Kureishi TV adaptation, the greatest lost Bowie song …

David Bowie

The playlist: the best new bands of 2015 - Little Simz, White, Mura Masa and more

2015 brought a crop of fantastic new musical acts. Here is the pick of them, from rapper Little Simz to electropoppers White and wunderkind Mura Masa<p>Tink – H20<p>This double-threat Chicagoan – She raps! She sings R&B! – didn’t actually feature as a New band of the week for 2015 but appeared the year …

Snoop Dogg

Chance The Rapper's "SNL" Performance Will Give You Chills

Chance rapped, sang, and danced his way into America's hearts.

10 New Artists You Need to Know: September 2015

Elle King, Car Seat Headrest and more<p>10<p>By<p>Once again, we talked to 10 of the hottest artists who are climbing the charts, breaking the Internet or …

Rage Against the Machine’s 'Bulls on Parade' orchestral arrangement

“Have you ever wondered what Rage Against the Machine, Pearl Jam, Muse or My Chemical Romance would sound like recorded by an orchestra?” asks Nich …

How Nathaniel Rateliff Went From Singer-Songwriter to Soul Dynamo

How a struggling Colorado gardener found his inner Otis Redding<p>A few years ago, it looked like Nathaniel Rateliff's music career might be over. The …

Feel The Power Of Living History With Two Gospel Quartets

So much history is contained in the intertwined harmonies of The Fairfield Four and The McCrary Sisters. Together, these groups form a link to one of America's greatest singing traditions — that of the gospel quartet, which flourished at the center of sacred music in the early to mid-20th century …

Coen Brothers

The One Real Problem With Rolling Stone's 'Greatest Songwriters Of All Time'

Lots of magazines do big lists, but few rely on them as heavily as <i>Rolling Stone</i> does. The magazine cranks out a list for just about every aspect of popular music. All promise authoritative, canonical overviews of various elements of the art; at their best, these offer context and critical insight, …

Songwriting

Songhoy Blues

The music I feel most connected to beyond rock is from Mali. The melodies are so fluid, so elegant and most of all so trance-inducing. It often sits on one chord and notes played revolve around that chord. It can feel like a drone at times, and in the case of Songhoy Blues it rocks, lulls and the …

Mali

Is Transparency The Music Industry's Next Battle?

The issue of how much musicians theoretically earn from their work has moved out of the trade press and into social media's trending topics recently, whether that's Taylor Swift demonstrating her clout via a successful protest of Apple Music or Jay Z's Tidal promising artists higher royalty rates …

Transparency

Daft Punk Documentary Daft Punk Unchained Airs

<i>Photo by Nabil</i><p>BBC Worldwide France's new documentary about Daft Punk, <i>Daft Punk Unchained,</i> recently aired on the French TV station Canal+.<p>The entire thing is now streaming below in French via <i>NME</i>. <b>Update:</b> The video has been taken down.<p>Currently, it's only available without subtitles.<p>Directed by Hervé …

Daft Punk

Lauryn Hill Covers Nina Simone's "Feeling Good"

<i>Photo by Will Deitz</i><p>On July 10, RCA will release a Nina Simone tribute album called <i>Nina Revisited: A Tribute To Nina Simone.</i> It's being released in conjunction with the forthcoming documentary <i>What Happened, Miss Simone?</i>, which is coming to Netflix on June 26. The album includes six contributions …

Lauryn Hill

Madonna Enlists Kanye West, Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj for "Bitch I'm Madonna" Video

Madonna has released the video for her <i>Rebel Heart</i> cut "Bitch I'm Madonna". Directed by Jonas Åckerlund, it has a star-studded cast, including Kanye West, Beyoncé, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Chris Rock, Rita Ora, designer Alexander Wang, and her sons Rocco and David, as well as Nicki Minaj (who has a …

Rita Ora

The evolution of LA Priest

Since Sam Dust parted ways with dance-pop heroes Late of the Pier, he’s kept busy in a few strange, under-the-radar ways: working on inventions, scientific research, and secret musical projections. Dust's most concrete endeavor, however, has been crafting a fantastic solo debut as LA Priest, a …

Hear Led Zeppelin's Rare, Riotous Blues Rave-Up 'Sugar Mama'

Group originally recorded new 'Coda' bonus track in 1968 for self-titled debut<p>Led Zeppelin are opening their vaults for a final time next month, when …

Kanye West: 'I Don't Care About Having a Legacy'

"I'm not in a competition with anyone. None of us will be remembered," rapper says in Time 100 interview.<p>Kanye West dismissed his legacy and embraced …

How Much Is Music Really Worth?

After more than a century of cultural flux, music is now priceless. Or is that worthless?<p>The intricacies of the music industry recently stumped a Nobel Prize-winning economist. <i>The New York Times</i>’ Paul Krugman, sharing a panel with members of Arcade Fire at this year’s South by Southwest music …

To This Day

St. Vincent performs new song 'Teenage Talk' on 'The Tonight Show'

In a perfectly themed pairing, St. Vincent performed her new song, “Teenage Talk,” last night on <i>The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon</i> with actual …

Evolve With the Flow: How Drake and Kendrick Found Their Voices

<i>Overtones examines how certain sounds linger in our minds and lives.</i><p>Your voice is the entirety of your instrument as a rapper, and you have to make everything happen with it. This fact has always acted as a sneaky equalizer. At the upper reaches of the industry, you can buy a lot of skills that …

Rap & Hip-Hop

24 signature sad songs of the past 20 years

1 of 24<p>Daughter, "Doing The Right Thing" (2015)<p>Atmosfolk trio Daughter kicked off the walk-up to their January 2016-anticipated album with "Doing The …

Watch the trailer for the Amy Winehouse documentary

Stop what you're doing and watch the trailer for <i>AMY</i>, an intimate glimpse into the documentary about the life and death of Amy Winehouse, one of Britain's most tragic warnings about the pitfalls of fame. Winehouse, who died in 2011 from alcohol poisoning following battles with addiction and eating …

Lotic

<i>Photos by Elias Johansson</i><p>Lotic: "From the Front" [ft. Dr. Luke, Rabit, Sugur Shane, DJ Karfox, Big Hud, Fat Pimp] (via SoundCloud)<p>"Keep it cute, not crazy."<p>That's J'Kerian Morgan's motto for the club night he plays at Berlin's Ficken 3000. His choice of words is kind of funny, because Ficken 3000 …

Germany